For as long as stock-car racing has existed, its unofficial motto has been: If you ain't cheatin', you ain't tryin'. Drivers and pit crews get caught seemingly every other week in the act of some rule-bending. It actually makes the sport more engrossing.
But it lacks a certain art. Eliminating a quarter-inch of drag may help you win, but it's not much fun to watch, and often, the car is found in violation by a NASCAR inspector behind the scenes and without much fanfare. It's boring, really.
Not so in baseball. Cheating requires a cunning mind and a gambler's nerves, and often, cheating in baseball is not technically cheating. PED users aside, baseball cheaters are usually working within the rules, but doing it in creative and sly ways. They're not cheaters, really, but actors.
Acting pervades other areas of the game, too. Managers sometimes act more upset than they are in order to fire up a squad. Players might act healthy between the chalk lines, but run to the clubhouse in agony between innings.
To keep opponents on their heels and teammates on their toes often requires the ability to mislead or perform. Here are 11 instances of players and managers getting theatrical, mischievous and/or deceptive, and going for the Oscar nominations.